I don't live in America, I live in Belgium. And I'm very glad to live here.
Well, simply because the things I've heard, read and seen about America don't really attract me to the land of the "free". In fact, from what (mostly American) people tell me, America is anything but the land of the free.
I know that America has some problems with general healthcare or social security or something (I'm not really strong in all that kind of stuff, but it does sound bad), and that a lot of politicians in America are straight out liars and cheaters.
Sure, Belgium has a very bad political situation at the moment, we haven't had a government for 6 months now, but still it's better than the USA in my opinion.
I still have a lot of questions about America, and I thought -since most of you are American I suppose- I should ask you guys here. So here I go.
- Is it true that a big part of America is strongly against gay people and immigrants?
- What exactly is going on with that healthcare/social security thing?
- Do you guys notice any religious overshadowing?
- How is your economy?
and last but not least:
- What reasons would you give me to persuade me to come to America on holiday?
PS: forgive my poor English. =/
If you came to a city like New York or Boston or Washington D.C., you'd find that there were tons of atheists/free thinkers, it was very gay-friendly and immigrant friendly, etc.
It's just that a huge portion of America isn't quite like that.
I'd have to know you a bit better before I'd know what would persuade you to come here. Um, what would you say to persuade us o come to Belgium lol?!
Too much money
Actually this applies only to a small minority of Americans.
You're on the right track though!
Over here 5% of Americans own over 80% of the nations wealth. The rest of us don't have "too much money." In fact.. the American middle class and lower class mostly resides in massive debt.
PS... which accent? lol... american accents depend on region:
Yeah, I'm totally convinced that not ALL Americans are right-wing religious nuts, I really am. Assuming that would just be dumb, but all I see of America is just these right-wing religious nuts.
I never see those people here in Belgium...Or at least not in ONE group. Usually they're either right-wing atheist or left-wing religious.
Um, what would you say to persuade us o come to Belgium lol?!
Well, I would obviously keep my mouth shut about our weather and our economy, as they are both in the crapper at the moment, but otherwise, I'd probably suggest you to check out our cultural attractive places like Bruges, Ghent, Waterloo, Antwerp, Dendermonde and many other cities. We haven't really got many friendly people here, as a lot of people here are very conservative towards immigration and gay people, but we don't nag about it. We just accept it and keep our opinions to ourselves.
I'd also tell you that (no offence) our country is not in the least as capitalistic as America.
Oh, and try our beer and our chocolate, they're the best! :)
I've actually been learning all about Belgium in my Language Myths class lol... ;) I'm a Linguistics Major and we've been learning about Luxembourg, South Africa, Belgium etc. as very different ways multi-lingual societies can work... ;)
And oh yes I know about your chocolate lol, America is lame when it comes to all culinary things, we don't really have anything unique to us that's any good and we all know it. ;) Still we love having food from pretty much every country in the world and we have plenty of awesome restaurants and gourmet foods for sale in stores, etc. because of that.
I think there are plenty of fascinating things in the U.S. for people who come to visit, we have tons of awesome museums, etc. But I'm just not the best person to tell you what you'd most like to do, I don't think... I'm just some 21-year-old girl who's never left the country and isn't really used to knowing what tourists to our country do... ;) I've been to quite a few states around the country but still... I don't know.
Ah, well...You guys got Macdonalds, though. Gotta give you that, I couldn't live without junkfood. Had a fun sight recently of a Scotsman having an argument with an American.
Scotsman: Let's get some breakfast in that tavern over there.
American: Let's go to Macdonald's. They're cheaper.
Scotsman: There's a reason they call it JUNKfood, you know.
I laughed so hard.
I have always wanted to visit that creationist-museum you guys got. :p
And I am looking forward to going to California one day. Have you been there?
I am not very interested in going to the Creationist Museum lol, but the science museums & museums of natural history with tons of cool fossils and stuff are pretty awesome. ;)
And McDonald's is supposedly slightly different in the different countries lol, so it would be cool for you to see what the original American ones are like... and yes it can taste good... lmao but it's the most horrible-for-you junk food - if that's really our best culinary contribution to the world, we should definitely be ashamed lmao.
I have been to California, I have been to Manhattan Beach multiple times, I have family that lives there, been to a Bar Mitzvah and a Bat Mitzvah over there, as well as when my grandfather died he happened to be at another Bar Mitzvah at the time so we went there... I've also been to the San Diego zoo which is pretty cool since it's such a famous and big zoo, and I went to Disney Land when I was 8 years old. ;) My dad lived over there for 6 years. And I'm really into all the Hollywood stuff so I've always sort of dreamed of going over there permanently and getting a job working in television in some way lol, now that dream has sort of subsided and I'm still really enjoying editing and being a crazy fangirl as a hobby, but I don't really think of it as my potential career... ;)
But yeah I've been to California, mainly just the Los Angeles area.